Bio

Judge Binder seeks to bring his essential experience as a Magisterial Judge and seasoned litigator to the Court of Common Pleas and provide fair and well-reasoned treatment to all.

Judge Bret Binder is a lifelong Pennsylvania resident who restored and lives in a historic home. Bret is a product of Pennsylvania public schools and received his B.A. in economics, with minors in mechanical engineering and mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001; and, in 2004, a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. During law school, Bret clerked in West Chester for Judge Cavanaugh of the Superior Court. From 2004-06, Bret had the privilege of clerking for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Bret is honored to be the magisterial district judge in Court 15-1-01, serving parts of West Chester and the townships of East Bradford and West Bradford. He has quickly developed a reputation as both a compassionate and well-reasoned judge. He has made multiple reforms to the way his court is conducted, helping to make the process clearer and less stressful for those who appear in front of him. In recognition of his hard work to improve the judicial system, he has been appointed the second vice president of District 11 (covering Chester County, Delaware County, and Philadelphia County) as well as to the Rules Committee of the Special Court Judges Association.

Bret is also the founder and managing partner of the law firm of Binder & Canno, LLC. His practice currently concentrates on commercial litigation, real estate, and business law. He has served as an arbitrator for the Court of Common Pleas for both Chester County and Montgomery County. Bret co-authored a book on evidence with his father David Binder; the most recent edition is Binder on Pennsylvania Evidence, 10th Edition (Pennsylvania Bar Institute). Bret has been honored to be selected multiple times to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star list and the Main Line Today Top Lawyer list. Besides representing business owners, Bret has also been an owner in multiple small businesses including a bowling alley, a pudding shop, and multiple real estate companies.

If elected to the Court of Common Pleas, Bret hopes to continue to give back to the community that has given him so much. Besides the extensive pro bono legal work he provides for causes and people in need, Bret has served the public good by being a member of various non-profits and public organizations. As a passionate believer in high-quality public education for all, he served as a School Board Director for the West Chester Area School District where, among other things, he helped to negotiate the teachers’ contract as well as chaired the committee to revise every policy of the district. Bret currently serves on the boards of various local nonprofits including the Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center (CC-OIC), which focuses on giving free adult basic literacy education and job training to prepare individuals for employment and economic self-sufficiency. He also serves on the board of a group dedicated to preserving open space in West Chester and personally furthers his passion for historic preservation by restoring his 1710 home in East Bradford Township.

Bret also relaxes by participating in a bowling league with his family and playing semi-pro baseball. He will readily admit that if he could have thrown 95 mph he may have delayed his law career to help the Phillies!